Brisbane's best Japanese eateries

Konichiwa Brisbane! Make the most of the incredible Japanese cuisine this city has to offer, and take this opportunity to drool over our top picks below for a Japanese feast.

Sushi

Wagaya
Wagaya

Miki, Brisbane City

This Adelaide St spot serves a mean roll, delicious nigiri and, for the health-conscious, black rice. Miki offers high-quality and fresh sushi made fresh daily, by hand and right in front of you.

Moga, Rosalie

This Japanese gem features a wood-panelled, Kyoto-inspired sushi bar and an atmospheric al-fresco garden perfect for date night. The house-made plum wine is also a must-try, and is only $4.

Sushi Edo, Brisbane City, The Barracks and Newmarket 

King of the train, this busy local favourite serves up a huge range of affordable but quality sushi, nigiri, aburi and hand rolls and all for only $3.50 per plate.

Sushi Kotobuki, Brisbane City and East Brisbane 

Look no further for made-to-order sushi - this casual nook has gained a following for its classic and modern flavours.

Wagaya, Fortitude Valley

Perched above Chinatown Mall, this spot offers cosy booths, touch-screen service and karaoke for those who have indulged in a sake or two.

Tsuru, West End, Ashgrove, Albany Creek, Cannon Hill, Manly West

This hole-in-the-wall sushi cafe serves traditional-style, hand-rolled sushi made from only the best ingredients. 

Ramen

Men Ya Go - Photo Credit: @AteToooMuch
Photo credit: Men Ya Go - @atetoomuch via Instagram

Taro’s Ramen, Brisbane City and Ascot

Try authentic ramen at this local favourite which uses hand-made noodles, five-hour broth, bangalow pork and perfectly cooked organic eggs.

Hai Hai - Paddington

Choose from the flavour-packed menu and squeeze into a table at Paddington's popular Hai Hai. Be sure to get in early though, as seats run out quickly.

Hakataya, Brisbane City, Sunnybank and Indooroopilly

For quick, affordable ramen, you can’t beat the hearty broth of Hakataya - they’ll even shout you a free bowl on your birthday.

Men Ya Go, Brisbane City

Tucked down a laneway off Albert St, this casual Brisbane newcomer serves eight different varieties to satisfy every taste.

Genkotsu, Toowong and Runcorn

Genkotsu is arguably Brisbane ramen-lovers' best kept secret. Here, the chefs use traditional Japanese techniques and everything is made with that little bit extra TLC. 

Gyoza

Harajuku Gyoza
Harajuku Gyoza

Gyoza Bar Ann, Fortitude Valley

Located along Ann St, Gyoza Bar Ann is serving up crispy-bottomed Japanese gyoza made from only the freshest ingredients.

Harajuku Gyoza, Brisbane City, South Bank, Fortitude Valley, Indoooroopilly 

With Elvis playing as the soundtrack to your Japanese feast, the handmade gyoza are a must-try for anyone who visits Harajuki Gyoza.

Yum Yum Gyoza House, Bulimba

Pull up a seat at the bar and watch the chef create a meal before your eyes. This hole-in-the-wall is located on Bulimba's busy Oxford St, and is the pre or post-cinema meal.

Fine Dining

> Sake Restaurant & Bar - Sushi
Sake

Sono, Brisbane City and Hamilton

A Brisbane establishment, Sono brings the art of traditional Japanese cuisine and service to Brisbane. The exquisite chef's tasting banquet is a must-try.

Sake, Brisbane City

Located at Brisbane’s stylish Eagle Street Pier, this chic contemporary bar and restaurant overlooks the buzzing Brisbane River and serves the most breathtaking sashimi.

Kabuki Teppanyaki Restaurant, Stamford Plaza, Brisbane City

Here, the meat and vegetables will sizzle before your eyes as skilled chefs inject drama and movement into your dining experience.

BBQ and Buffet

Shabuhouse
Shabuhouse

Nikuya, Fortitude Valley

In true Japanese tradition, the stylish Nikuya is divided into two levels. The first offers Izakaya, casual food and drink, while upstairs is an indulgent barbecue grill.

Nonbei, Fortitude Valley

Offering both a-la-carte and huge buffet, this spot lets you become the Yakiniku chef, grilling fresh meat and seafood at the table.

Shabu House, Brisbane City

Enjoy a traditional Japanese hotpot, Shabu Shabu, at this city haunt where customers are invited to design a broth from the extensive buffet.

Takeaway

Mos Burger, Brisbane City

This Japanese hamburger chain has attracted a cult following who chase its teriyaki beef burger and rice patty buns.

Motto Motto, Mt Gravatt

Little brother of Sono, Motto Motto offers quality options at food court prices. Try traditional menu items like ramen alongside some interesting western fusion.

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